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The Sault Tribe Health Division Public Health Preparedness goal is to collaborate with federal, state, and local resources to prepare for all types of disasters and emergencies.  Developing partnerships and collaborations are crucial to our success in organizing people and resources to be used before, during, or after any type of an emergency with a focus on public health emergencies.  Sault Tribe routinely coordinates with local resources (regional, county, tribal, and state) to determine most likely scenarios, and how to effectively respond to them.

National Preparedness Month

This September, National Preparedness Month (NPM) will focus on planning, with an overarching theme “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”

We should all take action to prepare! We are all able to help first responders in our community by training how to respond during an emergency and what to do when disaster strikes — where we live, work, and visit. The goal of NPM is to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and place of worship.

Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends

Before a Power Outage

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power. For more information visit: Get Tech Ready
  • Know where the manual release lever of your garage door opener is and how to operate it.
  • Purchase ice/freeze water-filled plastic containers to help keep food cold during temporary power outage.
  • If you rely on anything that is battery-operated or power dependent like a medical device determine a back-up plan. For more planning information tips visit: Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs

During a Power Outage: Safety Tips

  • Only use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold about 4 hours.
  • Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home's electrical system.

After a Power Outage

  • Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40° F (4° C) for 2 hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • Contact your doctor if you’re concerned about medications having spoiled.

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If you’re interested on how you can become more personally prepared in disasters, please contact Emergency Preparedness Coordinator: Jami Traver at (906) 632-5200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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